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The best way to see our residency firsthand is to do an acting internship (AI) with us. This will give you an opportunity to work closely with residents from all three years of training as well as various faculty members. During this month-long rotation, you will work on both our Family Medicine Inpatient Service (FMIS) and our Family Centered Perinatal Care Service (FCPC). You will also have an opportunity to spend a few half days in our outpatient clinic sites – the UNC Family Medicine Center at Chapel Hill (main campus site), as well as our partner Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) sites, Piedmont Health’s Prospect Hill and Siler City Community Health Centers. You also will be welcome to attend our Wednesday morning conference series with our resident physicians.

About the Internship

On FMIS you will be an integral part of a team of resident and attending physicians who provide the care for adult patients. You will have primary responsibility for the care of your assigned patients throughout their hospital stay. On our FCPC service, you will be exposed to family-centered perinatal care and pediatric inpatients and work with residents, attendings, and our nurse midwife team. There will be overnight call on both services.

Over the course of the month, you will have ample opportunity to inquire about rotation specifics and life in the residency. Working closely with the residents will give you a sense of the group’s personality and allow you to assess for yourself the all-important subjective fit this program has for you. The best time to do this rotation is in the first six months of fourth year or the last six months of third year. If you know before your rotation that would like to interview with our residency program and come during interview season (October – January), we are happy to work to accommodate that request during your month. Please keep in mind that doing an acting internship does not guarantee an interview offer. It is also not required to do an acting internship to be a competitive applicant for our residency. We are excited to welcome you to the UNC Family Medicine at Chapel Hill department for your acting internship!

Application Process

Our Acting Internship has been growing in popularity and thus the application process can be competitive. We invite all students who are committed to a career in Family Medicine and who are still deciding if Family Medicine is right for them. We can accommodate up to four students each month/block and UNC students are given first priority. UNC students apply and are scheduled through the Office of Student Affairs. Applications from students external to UNC School of Medicine must be received through the VSLO system.  Students who are not eligible to use the VSLO system can submit their transcript, CV, and documentation of passage of Step 1 or COMLEX directly to the office of student affairs. Our department will review all of the applications and supporting documents. Ultimate approval by the director of the Family Medicine acting internship (or designee) must occur before a rotation can be scheduled. You will receive an email after we have reviewed your application materials.


If you have any questions please contact the Office of Student Affairs at 919-962-8335 or . Visiting students can also visit the School of Medicine Office of Student Affairs Page to find answers to many questions. We look forward to working with you in the near future.